Kicking off 2018, Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins had rustled up a few session musicians for a local tour and were performing, perhaps a little starstruck, at their very first Woodford Folk Festival, courtesy of an impressive performance at Australian Music Week that had caught the attention of Chloe Goodyear, who leads the Woodford programming. The Woodford crowd loved them but that might not have been much of surprise to the boys, given they’d already toured the US, Canada and Europe to fascinated audiences and managed 30 million digital spins across their EP material. Nevertheless, an Australian love affair with Hollow Coves was conceived in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland that Christmas season and has thrived since.
April saw Hollow Coves support UK singer-songwriter Tom Walker on a practically sold out European tour, further building their fan base after a successful headline schedule of smaller venues throughout the US during the month of March. During May, the boys picked up a few UK slots including at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and Ryan took a moment to acknowledge the work of Sounds Australia abroad.
“[They] are doing really amazing things for Australian artists over there though and helping them get slots at a bunch of the festivals overseas. Sounds Australia put together a stage at a lot of showcase festivals overseas with an exclusively Australian line-up. This helps Australian artists to get heard by industry overseas which can lead to further opportunities internationally. That was a great break for us.”
A new single, ‘Ran Away’, was released just before accolades at their home town Gold Coast Music Awards saw them pick up Breakout Act of the Year and Song of the Year (Coastline), to the surprise of a few judges, including Julia Bridger.
“Hollow Coves were a revelation for the judging panel this year. Beautifully written and recorded songs, and incredible steps that they’ve made career-wise meant they were deserving winners in a very competitive field of finalists.”
Recording a new album with Chris & Bear Bond (Ben Howard, Xavier Rudd) in Devon during the UK summer, the Hollow Coves boys commented on the creative process, as they prepare to release a new album in 2019;
“Working with the Bond brothers has been amazing. They are absolute legends. They haven’t been making things easy for us though. It’s been hard work and there’s still a fair bit to do. We’re stoked with how things are coming together though. The new stuff has quite a lot of variety.
“We’ve definitely expanded a bit on our sound since our first EP.”
BigSound was recommended to them by their Canadian management, Indica, and it’ll close out another Australian tour throughout August for these hardworking young musicians. Rather than relaxing however, they had a shortlist ready of acts they’d like to check out themselves during the renowned Brisbane conference, including Didirri, Greta Stanley, No Mono, and Riley Pearce. They’ll head straight back to another tour of Europe after the event, followed by another North American set of dates, continuing to build their momentum into 2019.
Ryan and Matt leave their hearts in Southeast Queensland however, for different but equally charming reasons. Ryan loves his dogs.
“To be honest, we get to see some beautiful places while we’re away but its a different kind of beauty. Nothing is quite the same as home and I definitely miss friends, family, and my dogs. I have two labradors; one white and one black, named Toby and Bella.”
And Matt’s heart is on the beaches of the Gold Coast.
“It’s always such a treat to come home to our house on the beach at Palmy on the Gold Coast and hang with all my friends. It’s seriously the best place to live in the world.”
Hollow Coves showcase twice at BIGSOUND before returning to the Gold Coast for Live at Bond, which takes place on Sunday 9 September from 3.00pm. They’ll be supported at Live at Bond by SEED artist Hazel Mei.